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This. This. A Thousand Times, This.

The Unspoken Truth About Managing Geeks

Print this out and leave it anonymously on the chair of every executive in your company. Possibly in the chair of every executive in EVERY company.

Thank you, bigtig!

-The Gneech


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Sep. 11th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
0.o ??!!??!1
wow thats amazing. That man should write a book. However for now I am posting it on my lj too.

Sep. 11th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
OMG, other people act like that! It's not just me! It's not just me!!

Where do these people live? How do I find them? OMG

*weeps for humanity -- at least that portion of it with whom I work*

Edited at 2009-09-11 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
very true, very true. Getting it done is the first and last matter on our minds. That's why management bothers to hire us, right?
Sep. 11th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Damn. A Million times yes =3
Sep. 11th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Have printed up several copies and am passing them out quietly to several others in the office...
Sep. 11th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
A. Bloody. Men.

And don't forget that a geek, when placed on a team with... those of different mentalities, shall we say, will prefer to let those others goof off and talk while he does the work, rather than put up with their (insert descriptive here) efforts.
Sep. 12th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh, gods yes. But then this leads to geeks who are overworked, overstressed, and resentful of both co-workers and management who saddles you with them.
Sep. 12th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I quite agree, though I thought it should have said that it wasn't just for managing geeks (though I suppose there are people who actually do swallow marketing BS...) but pretty much any people. One commenter on some web site summed the article up in three rules as follows:

1. Don't [BS them] and keep all marketing weasel speak out of your vocabulary.

2. Don't tell them how to fix a problem, define the desired behavior and let them determine the best solution.

3. Give them the tools they need to get done what you ask of them.

The great bit in the article is pointing out the "bad things" about geeks are not innate but are logical and predictable responses to poor management and such -- they are induced issues.
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